Who is Banksy? The artist set to have a first solo exhibition in 14 years


Banksy is an internationally acclaimed street artist who has gained widespread recognition for his thought-provoking and socially conscious artwork. Remaining anonymous, Banksy’s identity has remained a mystery, fueling intrigue and speculation about the artist’s true persona.

Using stencils as his preferred medium, Banksy creates visually striking and politically charged pieces that challenge societal norms and address various social issues. His art often critiques capitalism, war, and inequality, aiming to provoke discussion and raise awareness.

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Banksy’s works can be found on walls, buildings, and public spaces worldwide, captivating audiences with their clever and often satirical messages. By blending art with activism, Banksy has transcended the traditional art world and reached a broad audience, becoming an influential figure in contemporary art.

Despite the commercial success of his work, Banksy has maintained a rebellious spirit, rejecting the confines of galleries and museums. He has also ventured into other forms of artistic expression, such as installations and performance art, further pushing the boundaries of his craft.

The impact of Banksy’s art extends beyond the realm of aesthetics, stirring conversations about politics, social justice, and the power of artistic expression. Through his anonymity and powerful imagery, Banksy has sparked a global movement that challenges authority and inspires individuals to question the status quo.

What is he going to do?

Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is set to host Banksy’s first solo exhibition in 14 years, titled “Cut & Run.” The exhibition, authorized by the elusive street artist himself, will unveil the stencils used to create some of his iconic artworks for the very first time.

Spanning from 1998 to the present day, the showcase will include original artefacts, ephemera, and even the artist’s personal toilet. Banksy, in an interview with the Herald, expressed his decision to exhibit the stencils as works of art, now that the risk of criminal charges has diminished.

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The exhibition aims to offer insights into Banksy’s artistic process, featuring new versions of renowned works like “Kissing Coppers” and “Mobile Lovers.”

Notably, it will also showcase Stormzy’s Union flag stab vest worn during his headline performance at Glastonbury 2019, along with pieces from Bethlehem, including a pillow fight between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian citizen.

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